There are various reasons why some people feel that certain books were removed from the Bible. One of them is that they don’t fit the biblical narrative. Another reason could be that these books were not written during the time when the Bible was written, which means that they should be presumed to be incomplete. However, these reasons aren’t sufficient to justify their removal.
The Protestant Church argues that the deuterocanonical books are not equal to the Old Testament Scriptures. They assert that the early Church Fathers and some important Christian leaders did not accept the deuterocanonicals. However, this argument does not stand up to scrutiny.
The 7-deuterocanonical books were removed from the Bible after the Reformation. The seven books, which were originally added to the Bible, have not been used in the Bible for more than 700 years. They have often been called apocrypha by Protestants.
According to the Protestant patristics scholar J. N. D. Kelly, the deuterocanonical books are a part of the Septuagint, which was the Greek translation of the Old Testament. In fact, two-thirds of the New Testament quotations come from the septuagint. The apostles did not warn Christians against using this Greek translation. This is because early Christians knew the apostles would not put false scriptures into their hands.
The Book of Maccabees was not included in the Jewish Bible. Instead, it was included in the Christian version of the Old Testament. But that is not the only reason that the Maccabees were removed from the Bible. One reason was that it was not included when Chanukah was celebrated in 167 B.C.E., at a time when antiochus I had put Zeus statues in the Temple, forbidden the practice of Bris Milah, and forbade the sacrifice of pigs. The book missed the cut by less than 100 years.
The canonical Scriptures include Moses’ five books, as well as Tobit, Esther, Judges, and Ruth. The prophets’ books, including Isaiah, Judith, and Job, are also included.
Book of Enoch
The Book of Enoch was never part of the Bible. Some people believe it is apocryphal or that it was never written by Enoch. The truth is that it contains strange, esoteric material. There is nothing wrong with reading it, but it should not be considered part of the Bible’s canon.
This book contains the story of Enoch, the seventh generation of Adam. He prophesied about the coming of the Lord with ten thousand holy saints to judge the ungodly and destroy the infidels. Enoch also prophesied about the future Messiah and the coming of the Heavenly Kingdom.
The Book of Enoch was removed from the Bible for several reasons. First, it did not come from the apostles or companions of Jesus, which made it unsuitable for inclusion in the canon of the New Testament. Second, the genre of the book required pseudonymous writing, which was problematic for the early Church. Third, it contradicted well-known doctrine.
Book of Esther
There are a number of reasons why the Book of Esther was removed from the Bible. In the Hebrew version, it contains little mention of God or the Temple, and it does not even mention prayer. However, the Greek Septuagint added six passages to the book that include God’s name. Some of these passages are particularly noteworthy, such as the prayers of Mordecai and Esther. Several scholars believe that the Book of Esther may have been added to the Bible at a later date. The book’s additions were made by a third party, and scholars have not yet identified the original author of the book.
A second reason that the Book of Esther has been removed from the Bible is that the New Testament does not refer to it. This is a blow to the book’s canonicity, but it does not affect the book’s place in the Hebrew Bible. The lack of reference to it in the New Testament suggests that the book was not added to the Hebrew Bible until after the writings of the New Testament were completed. But this is probably not true.
Book of Jubilees
The Book of Jubilees is an Old Testament book that describes periods of time called jubilees. These periods are divided into 49-year periods. These periods are detailed in Leviticus 25:1-13. These jubilees were a part of the Sabbath system, and each one of these years represented a year of weeks.
The Book of Jubilees was known to European scholars of the biblical world for centuries, and they referred to it and used it as a source for their studies. Eventually, a copy was created in the eighteenth century and contained 19 pages of the text. But almost all scholars of that time had no idea that a full text existed.
Some critics of the Book of Jubilees have argued that it is not a part of the Bible. This apocryphal book contains a series of narratives and stories, which detail events and historical figures that occurred over a period of forty-nine years. These stories are often referred to as jubilee years, even though they are based on an impossible solar year of 364 days. The Jewish ecclesiastical year, by contrast, is thirteen months long.